Racialized State Violence in Global Perspective: Conference Schedule

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WEDNESDAY, MAY 25, 2016


Keynote by Edwidge Danticat, “Living With Certain Uncertainty: Violence, Exile, and Black Life”

6 pm, Lenart Auditorium, Fowler Museum

Welcome by Alessandro Duranti, Dean, UCLA Division of Social Sciences

Introduction by Jemima Pierre

Discussion by Kelly Lytle Hernandez

Reception to follow

The extraordinary novelist and public intellectual Edwidge Danticat will deliver the conference’s keynote lecture on Wednesday evening May 25th, with Kelly Lytle Hernandez, Associate Professor, History, UCLA,  as respondent. Danticat is an award-winning author of short stories and novels that often engage with the history of her native Haiti. She also writes about the immigrant experience—what she calls “dyaspora”—and the reality of life in Haiti today. Her works include Breath, Eyes, Memory (1994); Krik? Krak! (1996); Claire of the Sea Light (2013); Mama’s Nightingale (2015); and Untwine (2015). She wrote and narrated the film Girl Rising (Haiti) in 2013. In 2007, she received a National Book Award nomination for Brother, I’m Dying. She was shortlisted for the Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Fiction for Claire of the Sea Light in 2014.

 


THURSDAY, MAY 26, 2016


8:45, Royce 314

Continental Breakfast

 


9:30-11:30, Royce 314

PANEL: VIOLENCE, FREEDOM, SOVEREIGNTY

“The State is a Man: Theresa Spence, Lorraine Saunders and the Gendered Costs of Settler Sovereignty in Canada,” Audra Simpson, Department of Anthropology, Columbia University

“Freedom’s Violence (Or What does Black Freedom Mean),” Rinaldo Walcott, Department of Sociology and Equity Studies, University of Toronto

The Black Box: Police Torture and the Problem of Disproportionate Punishment in Chicago,” Laurence Ralph, Department of Anthropology, Harvard University

Discussant: Saree Makdisi, Department of English, UCLA

Chair: Eric Avila, Departments of History, Urban Planning, and Chicano/a Studies, UCLA

 


11:30, Royce 306 Terrace

Lunch Buffet

 


12:00-1:30, Royce 314

ROUNDTABLE: RACIALIZED POLICING IN LOS ANGELES

Melina Abdullah, Department of Pan-African Studies, California State University, Los Angeles

Aisha Beliso-De Jesús, Harvard Divinity School

Ana Muñiz, Department of Criminology, Law, and Society at University of California, Irvine

Maurice Magaña, Department of Chicano/a Studies, UCLA, Moderator

 


2:00-4:00, Royce 314

PANEL: GLOBAL RACIALIZATION, STATE VIOLENCE, UPRISING

Police Violence and Black Resistance in Brazil: A Global Perspective on #BlackLivesMatter,” Christen Smith, Anthropology and African and African Diaspora Studies, University of Texas, Austin

“States of Violence: Indigenous Women Migrants and Neoliberal Multicriminalism,” Shannon Speed, Departments of Anthropology and Gender Studies, UCLA

“Anti-Black/Anti-Muslim Racism and the Experience of Political Blackness in Britain,” Mohan Ambikaipaker, Department of Communication, Tulane University

Discussant: Sarah Haley, Departments of Gender Studies and African-American Studies, UCLA

 


4:00-4:30, Royce 314

Closing Remarks by the Organizers

 


4:30-5:30, Royce 306 Terrace

Reception

 


 

 

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